I write this as I am lounging in an oversized leather chair that is so ugly and so comfortable, I find myself debating moving from it. Yes, this chair is my own personal cloud that squeezes me with comfort and joy. See the dilema?
That said and perhaps it is a sign of me growing wiser, (snicker) I find myself thinking of today's date. November 11th. It's Armistice Day. A national holiday. I also remember thinking a week prior, YES! I have THE DAY OFF!!
Fast forward to today, and the date hits me. November 11th. Armistice Day. I thought of Veteran's Day and of all the fine men and women who have served in The United States Armed Forces. Then, I thought of France. I remember that it was on November 11, 1918 the first World War ended, but sadly no more. So, I researched historical facts and I began to think about about the men, women and children who died. I thought about all those families shattered. I wondered if city laid in ruins. I thought about my French students, (I teach English) who told me about their lives during World War II. And I thought about my sweet cousin, Andès Aguilar Jr., who died in Iran in 2006 at the tender age of 21. I thought of all that and I am grateful, in every sense.
Armistice Day marks a signed and agreed upon armistice treaty to end the World War I hostilities on the Western Front. The war officially ended at 11 minutes past the 11th hour on November 11, 1918. World War I ended, not on some battlefield, but in a railway carriage between Marshal Ferdinand Foch (Allies) and Matthias Erzberger (Germany), near the town of Compiègne in the Picardy region of France.
Armistice Day is a public holiday in France, admistration and some civilian businesses are closed. Special church services are held to remember those who died in World War I and subsequent wars. Military parades to war memorials and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris are also organized. Public figures, including France's president, lay wreaths and flowers at war memorials. Many people wear black or dark clothes. Armistice Day generally has a solemn mood, because it is a day for remembrance and gratitude.
Information collected from various online publications including, The Corpus Christ Caller Times and Timeanddate.com
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